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Study: Smart Home Achieves 40% Reduction in Water Use

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Dec 7, 2015 3:12:09 PM

The Honda Smart Home, winner of a Green Home of the Year Award last year, is outperforming best estimates of its water- and energy-saving features.

Designed for real-world monitoring of occupant behavior, the Honda Smart Home in Davis, Calif., just published its first 6 months of results--and they look even better than expected.The 1,945-sq. ft. home is getting even more attention now, as California continues to contend with severe drought.

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Report Suggests that Diverting Winter Storm Runoff Could Solve Groundwater Problems in California

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Nov 6, 2015 10:05:44 AM

It's a radical idea, but these are desperate times.

The study, conducted by RMC Water and Environment, analyzed an area of California that's especially hard on groundwater, a portion of the east side of the San Joaquin Valley in Merced, Madera, and Fresno counties.

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Saving Water: My New Obsession

Posted by Kevin Henry, Guest Contributor

Oct 23, 2015 7:37:24 AM

A manufacturing expert explains why his perspective on the value of fresh water has changed.

Lately, I find myself thinking about my water use all the time. Now I find myself thinking about the water problem every time I pour a glass water at 2 a.m., or while I’m taking a longer than normal hot shower or as I watch my sprinklers in action during a down-pour.  I have begun to address each of my short comings regarding water usage in my own home and life.

We all, including my teenage daughter, now take shorter and timed showers. We have replaced our clothes and dishwasher with water-saving and energy efficient new models and until I can convince my wife that replacing our lawn with indigenous plants that use and need less water, I have replaced my sprinkler timer that now turns it’s self off when it rains. We have also joined several groups to help educate others about water usage and the crisis at hand as well as to raise money to help build wells and filtration systems where they are truly needed.

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Fluoride in Water: What's the Latest Verdict? Is it Safe?

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 12, 2015 8:44:16 PM

The latest research from both the U.S. and Europe shows no harmful effects as long as water rules are met .

A woman on Facebook recently shared her horror at learning that there was fluoride in the city water. Her response was to put a reverse osmosis filtration system on her drinking water faucets and to start using a water catchment system to shower her family with - because she was afraid of the water they absorbed through their skin.

The question most of us ask when we hear this is - is she crazy, or are we all being poisoned?

Here are the facts from a recent report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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With California's Drought, Has Graywater’s Time Finally Come?

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 9, 2015 9:37:00 AM

In an increasingly water-stressed world, graywater systems, which reuse high-quality water normally disposed of after a single use, can help to reduce the demand for new water supply and reduce the energy and carbon footprint of water services. With the worsening drought in California, it's time to take a second look at this graywater study: Overview of Greywater Reuse: the Potential of Greywater Systems to Aid Sustainable Water Management details the opportunities and challenges of reusing greywater and discusses what is needed to scale up emerging international efforts to reuse graywater.

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The Water Revolution is Here

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 26, 2015 9:54:00 AM

At current usage and population rates, international demand for water in 2030 will outstrip supply by 40 percent. What's the best strategy?

AS FRESH WATER SUPPLIES DWIDNDLE, nations across the globe will face unprecedented, unsettling, and formerly unthinkable choices regarding water, compelled to make difficult decisions about how to allocate the precious resource.

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